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Cars that London Mayor Sadiq Khan vowed to donate to Ukraine are rotting in a subject in Surrey, after an occasion to ship them to Kyiv was cancelled.

The photos taken on a farm close to Dorking, present a slew of autos given by Transport for London to the charity British-Ukrainian Aid (BUA). However, regardless of the battle persevering with to rage in jap Europe, they’ll stay within the UK for now.

BUA beforehand mentioned on social media that the primary tranche of automobiles have been because of depart for Ukraine on April 11.

But, final week BUA axed an occasion marking its first convoy leaving for Ukraine, because of the London mayoral election.

TfL couldn’t take part within the occasion, as campaigning guidelines imply publicly funded organisations can’t participate in issues that might be seen as unduly selling one election candidate over one other.

According to the Telegraph, TfL has solely handed 44 automobiles and vans to BUA.

According to reviews, Ukrainian forces desperately want autos through which to move the wounded to hospitals and pop-up medical tents.

It’s been famous that volunteers have change into pissed off by the Mayor-backed scheme, claiming its low output dangers undermining UK help for Ukraine.

Volunteers BUA of over-promising and under-delivering. Tom Wozniak, who’s a volunteer with Liberty Trucks Ukraine, a charity which has up to now despatched 380 vehicles to the embattled nation, has expressed his frustration with BUA.

According to the Telegraph, Mr Wozniak despatched an electronic mail to BUA, urging the charity to simply accept skilled assist.

The electronic mail mentioned: “If the scheme were to have any chance of success, you would step aside, involve someone else, or do what you originally promised – which is to leverage all the experience offered to help you”.

City lawyer Mr Wozniak added: “The difference between sending 300 trucks or 3,000 trucks is measured in hundreds and hundreds of Ukrainian lives.

“We know from everything that’s in our telephones, because every time we deliver a truck, we always get a report.”

Under Mr Khan’s ULEZ scheme, automobiles that weren’t compliant with the emissions guidelines might be scrapped, with £2000 compensation. Meanwhile, the automobile’s proprietor may tick a field saying they needed the automobile to go to Ukraine.

However, TfL has mentioned solely a small variety of scrapped autos have been eligible for switch to Ukraine.

Richard Lofthouse, who works with Car for Ukraine, a bunch that gives 4x4s and vehicles to the battlefield, mentioned the preliminary hit of goodwill in direction of Mr Khan for his revolutionary use of non-ULEZ compliant autos was liable to being undermined.

According to The Telegraph, he mentioned: “We had an enormous assembly on the Ukrainian embassy the place we have been all hoping to all work collectively in a contented, fluffy-bunny type of means, serving to Ukraine, and it’s not turned out that means in any respect.

“Sadiq was in such a rush. There was a political payout for getting it performed in time for the second anniversary of the invasion.” has approached TfL and Mayor of London for remark.